Local Aussie songsmith D.D Dumbo is certifiably Castlemaine’s biggest musical export, having just landed a major global deal with world-class independent record label 4AD.

4AD will exclusively handle all releases (outside of Australia and New Zealand) for D.D Dumbo, who becomes one of only four Aussie artists to join the influential label (the other acts being The Birthday Party, Rowland S. Howard, and Wolf & Cub).

The deal sees Oliver Hugh Perry, the brains behind the D.D Dumbo alias, joining a roster that includes big-name artists like Bon Iver, The National, St. Vincent, Future Islands, and Tune-Yards – who D.D Dumbo is opening for in her upcoming Splendour In The Grass sideshows.

The news follows just a month on from the Castlemaine producer, and guitar wizard winning the $10,000 Mushroom Music Publishing Grant, with the funds to be used towards the recording of a follow-up to D.D Dumbo’s sole release, the 2013 self-titled EP that contained his breakout single ‘Tropical Oceans‘.

Co-managed by Claire Collins (of Bossy Music) and Laneway promoter Danny Rogers (of Lunatic Entertainment), D.D Dumbo’s mutated blues and warped atmospherics – generated with naught but vocals, 12-string guitar, and loop pedal – has already had him earmarked as ‘one to watch’ in 2014 by international music tastemakers, including NME and BBC, following his appearance at this year’s SXSW 2014.

D.D Dumbo will play his first live shows in the UK this July, opening for fellow countrymen Tame Impala on their tour, playing with 4AD-signed artists Daughter, a debut headline show in London, and wrapping up with a booking at Latitude Festival on 20t July. Full dates and details here.

This Week’s New Tracks On Triple J

Alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine [Infectious/Liberator]
Apes – Pull The Trigger [Independent]
Darlia – Dear Diary [Dew Process]
Every Time I Die – Decayin’ With The Boys [Epitaph]
Highasakite – Darth Vader [Caroline/Universal]
Mickey Kojack – Feel My Pain {Ft. Tazzy} [Sweat It Out]
Millions – Clementine [Stop/Start]
One Day – Love Me Less [Elefant Traks/Sony]
Anna Lunoe – Bass Drum Dealer (B.D.D.) [NEST]
Flyying Colours – Not Today [Independent]
Movie – Ads [Skelly Records]
SBTRKT – Temporary View {Ft. Sampha} [Young Turks/Remote Control]

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Industry News

New Aussie Management Company Launched By Members Of Bonjah
Melbourne-via-NZ rock band Bonjah’s Regan Lethbridge and David Morgan have officially launched Lemon Tree Music, their new artist management company, with a roster of four acts. Aside from Bonjah themselves, Lemon Tree will look after the careers of sibling buskers-turned-indie sensations The Pierce Brothers, Jack Stirling, and Daniel Lee Kendall – who Lemon Tree are also booking. Lethbridge, who along with Morgan has been working with all three artists since January, is also an agent with Melbourne’s 123 Agency, where Bonjah, Pierce Brothers, and Jack Stirling are all signed. (via Lemon Tree Music)

Final NIMA 2014 Lineup Revealed
Dan Sultan and his seven-piece band, Jimblah, Briggs, and Tom E. Lewis are all set to perform at this year’s National Indigneous Music Awards ceremony. Others playing live at the 2014 NIMAs, taking place on Friday 15th August at the George’s Green Amphitheatre as part of the Darwin Festival, include Tom E. Lewis, The Last Kinection, Tjintu Desert Band, Desert Divas, and the Chooky Dancers (aka Djuki Mala). With nominations closing on Friday 20th June, the NIMA finalists and Triple J Unearthed winner will be announced on Wednesday 16th July. (via Music NT)

Live Nation Australasia Takes Flight With Qantas
Qantas has become the official airline of Live Nation Australasia as part of a new partnership with the Australian and New Zealand concert promoters. The new multi-year agreement will see Qantas handling flights for all international artists of the promoters while both companies will collaborate on integrated promotion and marketing through Live Nation’s concerts, online platforms, content, hospitality and ticketing operations. (via The Music Network)

Music Victoria Relaunches Melbourne Music App
Music Victoria is relaunching its free Melbourne Music City digital app after updating with a host of new content. The app will now feature a comprehensive list of venues, festivals, record stores, and other music related areas as well as including new video content for 22 Melbourne music landmarks. Music Victoria has also partnered with online events calendar Eventfinder to deliver a built-in gig guide. Download the app for iPhone here and for Android here. (via Music Victoria)

Artist Signings

123 Agency Expands Roster With Luca Brasi, Animaux, & More
Melbourne’s 123 Agency has signed an impressive pool of new acts to its roster, including: Tassie punk rock quartet Luca Brasi (pictured), Melbourne soul-pop collective Animaux, Roadrunner Records heavyweights BAGSvDK, swaggering pscyh-blues sextet Palace Of The King, hip-hop/pop hybrids Jakubi, and Melbourne multi-talent second ‘Most Promising Artist of 2013 Spender – who begins his ‘Lake’ single tour this weekend.

Ta-Ku Signs With Future Classic
Sydney label Future Classic will now be handling management for rising Perth producer Ta-Ku. A noted favourite of Future Classic’s Flume and prominent remixer (including his most recent rework of Chet Faker’s ‘Talk Is Cheap’), Ta-Ku is set to play on the Listen Out 2014 lineup this September/October.

New Word Artists Sign Young Rapper Baro
The latest addition to the New World Artists agency is 17-year-old Melbourne MC Baro, off the back of his Howgoodisgood mixtape. The rapper joins other emerging hip-hop acts at NWA, including Jackie Onassis, Allday, Illy, and Grey Ghost as well as rock luminaries like Grinspoon and Spiderbait. (via TheMusic)

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